As a quilter I’m an easy person to buy presents for. Think about it – if you give me fabric I use it up so I’m always ready for more. If you give me tools I can keep older models for back-ups; needles wear out, pins get lost. Basically anything related to quilting and sewing will put a smile on my face.
This was especially true on my last birthday several months ago. My oldest granddaughter, who has recently taken an interest in sewing and who has been spending time with me in my studio, helped her mother pick out my gifts at the local fabric shop. She did a great job – new scissors (what a difference from the pair I’d been using, and trying to sharpen at home, for 30 years!), packets of fun buttons, and three bundles of fat quarters.
About a month after my birthday I started thinking about what to get my granddaughter for her upcoming birthday. I’d made her a quilt when she was a baby and although she still uses it she really has outgrown it in size and style. Maybe that is what led me to the idea of using one of the fat quarter bundles she’d given me for my birthday to make her a quilt for her birthday.
First I went on a search for a pattern – something simple that I could get done in time and that worked with the fat quarter bundles I wanted to use. Since a fat quarter is only 18″ x 22″ and one bundle had five in coordinating fabrics, I obviously had to supplement with my stash. I found several fabrics that worked with the color scheme and enough white to offset the bright colors.
The final result turned out to be a happy quilt that is fitting for my granddaughter’s energy and disposition. And to give it a little more of her personality I found the perfect playful cat fabric for the back. All in all, I think we celebrated each other quite appropriately, and I look forward to many more years of creating memories from memories.